Today you should read: Colossians 4:7-18
When was the last time you were bored? I legitimately cannot remember the last time that I could say that I was bored and had nothing to do. My world is very much the opposite, to which many if not most of you can relate. Between the demands of ministry, trying to be a loving and present husband and the joys of fatherhood, I have about as much as I can say grace over. Life can get very busy and it is hard to keep up with it all. If I am not careful the busyness of life can get in the way of the things that matter most. Today’s passage reminds us of the important things and digs at this idea of neglecting those things. Let’s look at a few thoughts that might help us put things in a proper perspective.
1. Don’t forget to have compassion.
Paul was in prison but he is thinking about his brothers and sisters in Colossae. He is sending Tychicus to encourage them and cheer them up because they were worried about Paul. He lets them know Epaphras has been praying for them, that they may stand mature. Paul had every reason to be wrapped up in his situation and thinking about himself yet he takes the time to encourage others in their faith. It is easy to get caught up in our own worlds and make this life about us, but we need to take the time throughout our days to have compassion on our fellow believers around us and encourage them in their walk.
Also, we can apply this principle to those who are lost without a relationship with Christ. We would make such an impact for the kingdom of God by simply taking a moment to encourage someone in our world with genuine love and encouragement. What better way to model our Savior than to follow in his footsteps (Matthew 9:35-38).
2. Don’t forget to pray.
I know that it is sometimes easy to see prayer as a last resort when there is nothing else that we can do for someone but that view point is flawed. Prayer is our way to communicate with God and to do it on someone else’s behalf is powerful. To say in Colossians 1:3 that he prays for them is a huge statement. To go further to say in v.12 of today’s passage that Epaphras is struggling on the behalf of the Colossian believers in prayer is not a throw away statement. One of the biggest ways that we can minister to the hearts of those around us is to pray for them.
So who will you take the time to encourage today? Who will you pray for today? Be careful not to get too caught up in your own world such that you don’t have the time to love those around you.
Posted by: Chad Wiles